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joburgcityThe Star reports that the City of Johannesburg has set aside millions to refurbish under-resourced fire stations across the metro, but according to the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu), this would not be enough if the stations were not maintained regularly.  

The city last week announced it had started refurbishments to various fire stations, including Brixton, Berea and Dube, at a cost of R16.4-million.  The refurbishments are expected to be completed at the end of the month, while they have already been completed at Lonehill and Eldorado Park.  They come after the tragic deaths of three firefighters in a fire at the Bank of Lisbon building in the CBD last year.  After the incident, firefighters complained about under-resourced fire stations and inadequate equipment.  Member of the mayoral committee for public safety Michael Sun said:  "Refurbishing these buildings ensures that firefighters operate within a safe and functional environment which supports their ability to provide the services of fire prevention and fire suppression.”  Samwu Joburg secretary Bafana Zungu welcomed and supported the refurbishments, but said the union still wanted the city to be held accountable for the three deaths.

  • Read the full original of Kgomotso Lebelo’s report in the above regard at The Star

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